My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Murt Praises New Tool to Give the Public Greater Access to PA School Budget Data - 1/14/2015
A new online tool was launched Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that will give taxpayers a greater ability to review the checkbooks of the state’s 500 public school districts. The expanded revenue and expenditure data is now accessible online through the department’s School Performance Profile website and incorporates many components of SchoolWATCH legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) that was approved by the state House last term. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said he feels the public deserves to see increased accountability and transparency in school district financial data.
Rep. Murt Comments on Inauguration, Priorities in Upcoming Session - 1/7/2015
Recently re-elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery, Philadelphia) said that the legislature is getting a fresh start and he is eager to get to work on solving the issues facing the Commonwealth.
Rep. Murt Says Name Change to ‘Department Human Services’ Long Overdue - 11/24/2014
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare announced its official name change to the Department of Human Services Monday in Harrisburg. Prime sponsor of the legislation that enabled the change, Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said the new name is long overdue and more accurately reflects the wide variety of crucial services the department provides for Pennsylvania citizens. Mike Davies reports... bite and full story available.
Rep. Murt Comments on Passage of His Bill to Rename the Department of Public Welfare - 9/18/2014
Legislation that would change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services has been passed by the Pennsylvania House and now awaits the Governor’s Signature. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) comments on the passage of his House Bill 993.
Rep. Murt Comments on Proposal to Remove Statute of Limitations for Adult Victims of Past Child Sexual Abuse - 4/30/2014
Legislation that would permanently remove the civil and criminal statute of limitations for cases involving child sexual abuse and removes the immunity defense for public officials and institutions has been introduced in Harrisburg. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), a co-sponsor of House Bill 2067, said he supports this proposal to bring some sense of fairness and justice for adults who were victims of child sexual abuse. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on Proposal to Increase Education Funding - 1/29/2014
Legislation designed to redirect funding currently earmarked for race horse development to school districts that receive less than the average amount of state financial support is currently being developed in Harrisburg. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said he supports this proposal to bring some fairness to those school districts that are hurt by the Commonwealth’s inequitable education funding formula. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on Marcellus Shale Drilling Tax Bill - 12/17/2013
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced Marcellus Shale severance tax legislation aimed at providing additional state funding for education and social service programs. The proposed legislation calls for a 4.9% severance tax on gas that would be used to replace existing impact fee revenues, and any additional revenues would be used to supplement existing education, environmental and social programs. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said this legislation could provide much-needed funding for programs that support those with special needs without placing the Commonwealth at a competitive disadvantage with surrounding states. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on His Traumatic Brain Injury Bill - 4/10/2013
The Pennsylvania Brain Injury Coalition was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Harrisburg on Tuesday to voice support for legislation that would require insurance companies to clearly outline their coverage policies for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of House Bill 648, said those who are suffering with brain injury, especially our returning soldiers, deserve to know what treatment options are available to them. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Tom Murt Comments on New Committee Assignments - 1/16/2013
The Pennsylvania House returned to session this week to finalize committee organization and begin work on new legislation. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) who was named to four standing committees, as well as being named chairman of the Sub-Committee on Mental Health, said the committee process allows legislation to receive the proper scrutiny before being considered by the full House. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on House Approval of His Lifesharing Awareness Month Resolution - 9/26/2012
The Pennsylvania House has passed a resolution designating October 2012 as “Lifesharing Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), who sponsored the resolution, said many supportive people are needed to take on the fulfilling role of caretaker for adults with developmental disabilities. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.